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Fighting Illini Enter Columbus Lion's Den

Meyers Leonard (USP)

The Fighting Illini basketball team needs confidence only a win can provide. After losing 8 of their last 9 games, confidence is a fragile and elusive commodity. But if Illini players hope to uplift their spirits, they will have to do it at the expense of Ohio State on its home court Tuesday. After losing at Illinois plus two of their last three games, the Buckeyes will be out for blood.

The Illinois basketball team has the weight of the world on its shoulders. It is on a major losing streak that shows no end in sight. Coach Bruce Weber's job is in severe jeopardy; many fans and media are already listing possible replacements. And the players let themselves down by caving to a Nebraska onslaught last Saturday. The negativity emanating from Illini Nation is increasing...

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